2009 VMAs: Katy Perry Talks Playing ‘West Side Story”s Anita, ‘Seductive’ Banana Peeling

Unless you’ve been living in a cave without cable, you’ll know that MTV’s been featuring your favorite artists in promotional TV spots for this year’s VMAs. After seeing Cobra Starship and Taylor Swift do their rendition of West Side Story‘s “Tonight,” sultry songstress Katy Perry is up next.

Her VMA promo debuts next week, but until then, we’ve got a behind-the-scenes interview of Katy on the set of her “Tonight” shoot. She tells us about how she can relate to playing the character of Anita (because “Anita is hotter, cooler and sluttier”) and how she purposefully peeled the banana on her outfit from last year’s VMA performance in a “seductive” way.

Watch the full interview clip below, and check out photos from the shoot. (And don’t forget to tune in on Sunday, September 13 at 9pm to see if Katy wins Best Female Video against Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga and Pink.)